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Michael S. Vista |

Michael S. Vista is running for Nassau County legislator, 5th District

Michael S. Vista

To combat high taxes and improve the community, Vista said he wants to create opportunities for small businesses to open and thrive, particularly along Grand Avenue in Baldwin, by helping entrepreneurs obtain capital from local banks to "fulfill their dreams." He said he would like to provide greater tax incentives for private businesses to move to Nassau and create good-paying jobs for people aged 35 and under who are stuck in "gateway positions." He said he would cut wasteful spending but declined to provide specific examples. He said he would not reduce the size of the police force or sanitation services because he wants to protect the community's quality of life. He said he would work with local and federal law enforcement to combat the growing heroin epidemic.

Vista, 43, of Merrick, is also running on the Conservative and Tax Reform lines. Now an attorney in general practice, he moved to Merrick from Brooklyn when he was 4 years old. Vista received a bachelor's degree in history from Temple University and his law degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He joined the Army after Sept. 11 and served as a captain in Iraq in 2008. He worked for 12 years as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn and is now in private practice. He is married with one son.